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SAE Decision Tabled

By Pon-Pon Yeh


The Interfraternity Council tabled a vote at a President’s Council meeting this past Wednesday to give associate IFC member privileges to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The vote will instead be taken after the fall 2004 recruitment period in order to better assess the fraternity’s situation, said IFC President Daniel H. Daneshvar ’05. Associate members of the IFC have all the privileges of full members except voting rights.

SAE submitted a petition to become an associate member of the IFC and spoke at the IFC President’s Council two weeks ago. Becoming an associate member is the first step in the process of becoming a full member organization of the IFC.

“I think it went really well,” said incoming SAE president Joseph P. Carlucci ’05. “The IFC tabled the vote, but gave us full permission to rush.”

The MIT chapter of SAE was derecognized in January 2000 after an underage drinking incident. The SAE house was shut down by the Boston Licensing Board and MIT withdrew recognition of the fraternity. The SAE alumni board expelled the upperclassmen at that time. Currently, there are nine members of SAE.

Petition still being examined

An expansion committee consisting of several fraternity presidents was formed to look into the petition and make recommendations to the council. The committee conducted several interviews to “determine whether these members would be an addition to the IFC community... whether they’d add something, bring something to the table,” Daneshvar said.

Based on its findings, the committee recommended that “we table the votes on SAE until after rush of next year,” said Daneshvar, primarily because “but there were some concerns about some of the individuals and their behavior regarding rush and orientation of last year.”

“These guys have serious potential to bring something positive to the community,” said Daneshvar “We wanted to kind of give them a chance to prove to us that they wanted to be a valuable members of the community.”

The council gave SAE stipulations to follow in order to prepare them for potential future IFC membership. Members are to receive training for intervention procedures, which is required of all IFC members.

In addition, SAE is required to meet with Steven J. Tyrell, associate dean of discipline, and Daniel Trujillo, associate dean for community development and substance abuse programs.

Before Orientation 2005, SAE must meet with the IFC recruitment chair to “outline our expectations of them during the recruitment period” said Daneshvar.

Wilmer F. Fiorentino ’05, spokesman for the expansion committee, said, “We’re pretty much going to give them some more time to get to know the IFC, to get to know the individual chapters, to get more acquainted with the IFC and the MIT administration in general.”

If SAE can adhere to the IFC rules and “they can pretty much go through rush without any incident, then it would clear up any questions that we have,” said Fiorentino.

Committee interviews members

The expansion committee interviewed four of the nine SAE members, William Noz ’57 President of the SAE Alumni Corporation, the Province Archon, a national official from SAE international fraternity, and several people within the MIT administration, including David N. Rogers, assistant dean and director of FSILGs, “because he's been working closely with them,” said Fiorentino.

“The conclusion that we came to ... was that they seem to be in good shape so far but we kind of don’t want to rush them,” Florentino said.

Becoming associate members of the IFC would be the first step to full institute recognition of the fraternity. “Any group needs to come through us to get recognition. Once a group is recognized by the IFC it can get ASA and MIT recognition,” said Daneshvar.

A vote by half of the President’s Council would make SAE associate members of the IFC. After one year, another vote of the council would give SAE probationary membership. Then after another six months, the council would vote whether or not to make SAE full members of the IFC.

“Associate members are able to rush with the IFC,” said Daneshvar, “the only privileges that they don’t have are voting privileges.” In addition, Daneshvar added that “they also have to submit reports to us on a regular basis as associate probationary members.” As of right now SAE doesn’t rush with the fraternity system because they are not members of the IFC.

SAE plans to rush in fall

“The fact that we can rush next year is a big thing for us ... we’re really excited about next year. We’ve been working really hard,” said Adam P. Leeb ’07, SAE assistant rush chair.

Carlucci said that SAE had already been “recognized as a colony and pledged in October,” but would be initiated as brothers tomorrow. A colony is a precursor to a fraternity.

He said that they were working on plans to live with Beta Theta Pi. We would “rent the top two floors of their annex,” he said.

He calls the IFC permission to rush fully gets them “a step closer” to returning SAE as a member of the MIT community.